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How Do I Budget Thee? (Part 4 of Organized-Me Series)

Hi everyone! Sorry I wasn’t able to blog for a long time. I got preoccupied with a lot of stuff. Man, I missed blogging so much!

My previous blog featured the finance apps I use to track my budget. Haven’t read it yet? It’s right here. This blog is kinda like a sequel to it because it’s about finance management too. If the last blog showed what finance apps I use to track my cash flow, this time I’ll be featuring the items I use to organize the actual cash and receipts.

I saw this item as I was browsing thru the October 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan PH (the magazine features articles about good buys and women empowerment, nice!). Thank goodness I found these!  I was really looking for something to organize my cash so it’s good timing when I read this:

Now I organize my money/monthly budget using Beabi Receipt Organizers.

I highly recommend these if you’re looking for something to organize your monthly budget. The Beabi Receipt Organizer is available in two sizes, small and large, and available in different colors. As you can see I have both, 1 small in pink and 1 large in red.

I use the small one to organize my monthly budget. To make it more neat and easy to sort, I printed some tags to label my expenses and had them laminated (so the paper tags won’t tear) and placed one inside each designated budget and money intended for it, see below pic:

The large receipt organizer, on the other hand, is used to store important receipts, like from gadget purchases with existing warranty, deposit slips, and the like. If you don’t like to fold your bills you can also use the large receipt organizer to store your money, like the one shown in the magazine page.

If you want your own Beabi Receipt Organizer just visit their website and order. I got my mine by ordering there and paying it by credit card. No credit card? No problem! They have other payment modes like paying via gcash or bank deposit. The staff is very accommodating and they sure ship fast! Visit their site too so you can browse over a lot of items that may help you organize your stuff, like TSA cases, bag organizers, smart wallets, and many, many more!

Not only do I organize my money and budget, I also keep my receipts so I can keep track of my spending. I store my receipts here:

I bought this at our local Gaisano Mall, in the school supplies section at less than Php 50.00. Not bad. What I love about it is that it has 12 sections so I can organize my receipts by month.

(P.S. Those are not my hands, that’s my boyfriend’s. Thanks for helping me teddy bear! ^_^)

Using these items with my finance apps featured from my previous blog made my finance management really effective. It’s an awesome combination with the finance apps I use!  (.^_^.)

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It really feels good when your money is in order, right? How about you? How do you organize your cash/budget? I’m interested to know.

Remember:

Good order is the foundation of all things.– Edmund Burke

Don’t agonize. Organize.– Florence Kennedy

 -iamprincesssalvia

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Where’d All My Money Go? (Part 3 of Organized-Me Series)

Let’s do some money talk.

As my mom always says, “Ang bilis maubos ng pera.” (Money gets used up quickly.) I couldn’t agree more. Ever got that feeling when you got your paycheck and just a few weeks after your money just went poof! With prices of commodities rising (especially gasoline and LPG), it feels like your cash just flies out of your hand.

That’s why maintaining a budget and tracking your expenses is very important. It’s what I do, with a little help from technology and applying my organizing skills.

Since I’m an Apple fan I use these 2 apps to monitor my monthly budget and accounts:

Note: Some of the pictures do not reflect my finances.

1. Cash Vault for iPhone/iTouch

(photos – taken from iTunes store)

This is my most used finance app, not only because it’s the most useful but because it’s my first finance app.

What I love about this app is that it accurately monitors and categorizes my expenses (Food, Apparel, Gas, Grocery, etc. see pictures), it’s also because I encode my expenses right away as soon as cash flows out.

It’s perfect for monitoring bank accounts, cash boxes, piggy banks, and wallets. Keeping tabs on remaining cash and expenses during out-of-town trips is a breeze when using Cash Vault, because I assign another wallet account for trips so my other petty cash won’t get mixed up with trip allowance.

Here’s a pic of the app in my iTouch:

Cash Vault is ideal for cash transactions only though. I’m using the full version ($2.99), but there’s also an available free version in the app store if you want to check it out and try it first before purchasing.

2. Money for iPhone/iPad

If you want an app that could help you keep track of your assets and liabilities and not just mere cash, then this one’s for you.           

Money for iPhone or iPad helps me keep track of cash and other assets, like land, my perfume store, as well as liabilities, like credit card payables.  It subtracts my liabilities from my assets automatically so I always know how much my current net worth is. 

Never miss due dates and other payment obligation deadlines again. This app has a built-in calendar specially designed for planned transactions and alerts for upcoming due dates for bills. Overdue (red), planned (blue), and paid (green) transactions have their own color code so you can distinguish the transactions from each other easily.  

 Another useful feature of the Money app is that it has its own budget tracker and colorful reports presentations.

Lost your files accidentally? Don’t fret. Money has a backup feature so just retrieve your files from the backup section of the app. Plus, you can also synchronize your data from one device to another either by iCloud or Bluetooth. In the picture below I’m syncing my iTouch and iPad using bluetooth:

Here’s a pic of the Money app in my iPad:

It is safe to say that this is an all-in-one finance app.

Full version price is $9.99, but there is also a free version if you want to try first before purchasing. It’s also available for Android users. You can check it out at http://www.ibearmoney.com

Because of these 2 apps I know where every centavo of my money is saved or spent. I can perfectly recall where I put my money and I now have a good budgeting strategy. I review the figures at the end of the week and every end of the month and so far I’m pleased with the results. See? If you can be organized with your stuff, you can also be organized with your finances! (.^_^.)

Remember:

Good order is the foundation of all things.– Edmund Burke

Don’t agonize. Organize.– Florence Kennedy

– iamprincesssalvia

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